Anne Driving !!!!
Anne's first attempt at driving in Europe. It was successful, even if not very long (a few hours)
Day 13 - Nothing is open on Sunday
In France, Sunday is a day to spend with your family. This is not compatible with our tourist schedules. Time to kick back, eat some freshly delivered croissants, watch the rain, take a walk by the river, go to the pool, and attempt to find an open restaurant or grocery store. That's pretty much what we did today. The resort has bread delivered each morning at 8AM. Orders have to be in by 7:30 the night before. We ordered 6 croissants (hey, they could have been small) and a baguette, all quite tasty. Michelle and Tony gobbled theirs up but Anne saved her second croissant for an afternoon snack. After breakfast we all went for a walk around the grounds. There is a small island across the bridge with an outdoor pool, a small playground, and a small trail. We walked around the island and then met up with a family from England who were also staying at the resort. They had two girls of Michelle's age so while the adults talked the girls played. After a while the rain started back up and we all decided to go to the (indoor)
Really Big Castle
And only 1/3 of it is still there. The government of France (early on) ordered it mostly destroyed to prevent it from being a thieves den, and then the bricks were used to shore up defenses on other strongholds and monasteries.
pool. Michelle and the two girls had a great time playing their own version of sharks and minnows. After the pool it was time for some lunch and a trip somewhere. We started to head for Giverny and the home of Monet but realized that by the time we had lunch, finished the laundry and got all our bits and pieces together we would get there too late to get in. So, we changed plans and started driving in a random direction. We found a neat old castle (Chateau-Gaillard) to go to and a town to explore a bit. The Castle had been built by Richard the Lionheart as he conquered the area but didn't last too long. The stones in the Castle were reused in the 1600s to build additions to some local monasteries. It was our first real look at a castle that has had little or no preservation done on it. It turns out that this castle was the one which inspired Lawrence of Arabia to travel to...you know...Arabia after seeing some of the unique architecture designed by King Richard. The town was nice with an ornate church and some beautiful streets but no open restaurants. On
How Low Does It Go?
Wasn't too deep now, but it used to go down nearly 300 feet.
the way back to the resort we found a restaurant that was open and managed to order without too much trouble. Unfortunately the only restaurants open on a Snight are chains. Oh well, c'est le vie. At least they had a menu in English (and German). We finished up the evening deciding when to go to Paris (Thursday and Friday) and making plans for the rest of our time in Northwestern France. Tomorrow will be a long day with a drive to the town of Naours to see the underground city and a stop in Amiens. We will also have to make another trip to the grocery store. (insert ominous music effect here)
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